Blog Post #8 – January 24, 2017

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Hey there, Pogonians –

  1. It’s Taco Tuesday – YAY!
  2. The Internet says (so it must be true), today is Compliment Day.
  3. YOU ARE ALL SUPER AWESOME!!!

I’ve been wrapping up my Wednesday Challenge Badges. Won the “Not Again” Badge in Poppit! Bingo. I’m still working on the “Wild Side” Badge in Sweet Tooth 2, so I thought I might ask our Facebook Fans for some tips. Of course, they delivered—thanks Facebook Fans!

(Did you know Pogo has a Facebook page? Yeah! Join the fun by liking the Fan page)

Thanks for stopping by the Pogo Insider today … I’m glad you’re here.

Sneak Peek: Limited Edition Mini that goes out 1/26

A limited edition Mini item will be available on Thursday, January 26th, 2017. I can’t wait to use it on my own Mini. (Think it’ll look okay with my llama?)

Pogo_Rachael had this to say about this very special Mini item;

“This Limited Edition Mini is based upon a prior Mini we’ve had with Nestor and his date dancing together. We saw a request for something similar featuring salsa dancing and thought hey, why not? We’re always on the lookout for fun suggestions for upcoming Minis; maybe we ought to have a poll here sometime soon to help pick our next Limited Edition item! Anyway, here’s a preview of the goodie item that will be available in the Mini Mall this coming Thursday. We’ve paired it with another background from the Mini Mall so you can see our dancers in action!”

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Thanks, Pogo_Rachael! Great idea about running a poll …  let me know what you think about Pogo_Rachael’s above suggestion in the Comments below.

Last Week’s Poll Results

Blog Poll
Question: “Which game would you like to see as a Wednesday Challenge in July”

(Games listed included Sushi Cat 2, Connect 4, Find-O Vision, BATTLESHIP: Naval Combat, Puck’s Peak and Monkey Gems)

The results:
1. BATTLESHIP: Naval Combat
2. Sushi Cat 2
3. Puck’s Peak

Thanks for voting and it looks like we’ll be seeing BATTLESHIP: Naval Combat as part of a Wednesday Challenge in July!

Community Poll
Question: “What do you like to eat for lunch?”

The results, in order of popularity, are:

  1. Sandwich
  2. I don’t eat lunch
  3. Salad

Thanks for voting in the Community Poll. My personal favorite lunch item is actually lentils with rice, mixed with some peppers and onions. Hmmm…maybe a recipe for a future blog!

Wednesday Challenge starting January 11, 2017
( You can find this poll on the Badges page.)

  1. Which of this week’s two Challenges were more fun for you to win?
    • 44% of you were a fan of BOTH Badges, but for different reasons
    • 9% had more fun winning the Brisk Win Badge in Rainy Day Spider Solitaire
    • 31% of you enjoyed winning the Green Showers Badge in Sparks
    • 15% said the Challenges were not their cup of tea
  1. How long did it take you to earn the Green Showers Badge in Sparks?
    • 28% of you all took less than one hour to complete this Badge—Nice!
    • 43% took between 1-2 hour
    • 11% took between 2-4 hours
    • 2% took between 4-6 hours
    • 2% took more than 6 hours
    • 15% chose not to pursue this particular Badge
  1. How long did it take you to earn the Brisk Win Badge in Rainy Day Spider Solitaire?
    • 56% of you all took less than 1 hour – WOW!
    • 25% took between 1-2 hours
    • 4% took between 2-4 hours
    • 1% took between 4-6 hours
    • 1% took more than 6 hours
    • 13% chose not to pursue this Badge

 

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Since last week, I’ve seen one Poppit! Bingo question pop up (ha-ha, no,pun intended) more than others:

What’s up with the Poppit! Bingo music? Can you please separate the music from the ball caller’s voice?

Great question! Some people like only to listen to the caller, some just the music, and still others prefer blissful bingo silence. Regardless, I’ve had the same question, myself. So, I chatted with the Game Development Team to get some answers.

They’re currently scoping and prioritizing the next batch of features we’ll see in the next Poppit! Bingo update – and I’m hoping this will be one of them. I don’t (yet) know the exact timing, but it’ll be in the next few months. Once I they commit to a delivery date, you’ll hear it first here!

Keep those questions coming and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Pogo Insider Trivia: Did you know the music for Poppit! Bingo was written specifically for the game itself (100% original), but it doesn’t have a name? Ack! We’d love to hear your suggestions in the Comments. (Keep it clean, Pogonians.)
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Every week I answer two questions (non-technical) related to Pogo. We get lots of questions every week, so I try to focus on common themes or the same question coming from different folks. To submit your questions for the Pogo Insider, click here!
(And if you are experiencing technical issues, please go to Pogo’s Help Page here.)

Can Pogo Llama introduce herself to the crowd?
For sure, thanks for asking! I introduced myself on the Forums, but I didn’t do so here!

I come from the gaming industry and have a passion for Pogo … and Community! I’m a big fan of The Golden Girls (I have a GG tattoo), and I love llamas because of their banana-shaped ears (which obviously reminds me of bananas). And bananas have an ingredient in them that makes you happy and I love being happy, so we’ve now gone full circle!

Why does it take the POGO website so long to connect initially and then once I am signed in why does it take forever for games to load and allow me to play them?
I know how frustrating it is to have loading issues. Total crazy-maker, especially when all you want to do is play your games and have some fun. Makes my temperature boil, to say the least.

That said, going to the Help page and submitting a customer support ticket is one way to get the help you need. You can do that by clicking here.

Our Customer Experience Team has also put together a handy-dandy Troubleshooting Guide containing helpful information. You can access that by going here.

Please do try the Troubleshooting Tips in the guide—it’s the quickest way to get you back up and running.

Remember: A computer works together with software and browsers, and any one of those things can (and will) require possible updates (another crazy-maker). So, making sure everything is clean and updated is a good place to begin, and we’re here to help if it gets to be overwhelming.

Oh! And make sure TV or videos aren’t using your WiFi connection—that can cause loading issues, as well.

Random Non-Gaming Stuff: Recipe for Roasted Potatoes

“Random Non-Gaming Stuff” is just that … random, not about gaming, and just for the heck of it. Feel free to leave some thoughts in the Comments for any RNGS articles folks might enjoy. This week, we’re talkin’ spuds.

I LOVE a good roasted potato. I enjoy them so much that I wanted to give you the steps I take to whip up  a deeee-licious plate of potatoes!

  1. Take a bag of potatoes; any potatoes you’d like. Sometimes I mix yams and regular potatoes together.
  2. Wash and then slice (careful of those Gopher-Whomping fingers) the potatoes into dice-sized bits.
  3. Spray the bottom of an oven-safe pan with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle rosemary under and over the potatoes.
    Pogo Insider Trivia: Did you know rosemary is not only delicious, but acts as an antibiotic, too? Yes! I’m no doctor, but look online to learn about the scrumptiously (I think) interesting benefits of this tasty herb.
  5. Smash a bit of garlic and toss into the potatoes.
  6. Sprinkle in some salt and pepper to your liking.
  7. Preheat oven to 425 on Broil.
  8. Set the timer for 45 minutes—play Pogo—and keep an eye on the potatoes so they don’t burn.

Ding! Remove from the oven and sprinkle with some parsley. (Watch out—they’re really hot!)

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And that’s it for now—whew! Thanks again for swinging by the Pogo Insider, everyone. I’m looking forward to (and will be reading) your Comments over a steaming plate of roasted potatoes! ;)

Have Fun!

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NOTE: Comments may take some time to be approved. Those which are off-topic or counterproductive to fostering a positive environment will not be posted. Thanks for reading the Pogo Insider!

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219 Comments

  • Llama, I look forward to your blogs as they’re so upbeat and informative. I am especially happy to see my Christmas mini gone. Kudos to whoever solved that problem. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks!

    • yay Llama I LOVE Golden Girls too !! I watch it every time it is on. Did you know after Golden Girls stopped their filming, Blanche, sophia & Rose sold the house…bought a Motel & the show is called the Golden Years !! All good, 1 is sad, I can not tell how it goes, would be s spoiler for you. All episodes are viewable on youtube !! Enjoy them when you get a chance. :)

      • Hi Aquarius45! Oh yes, I have seen that season, haha. I couldn’t believe that Miles turned out to be such a two-timer to Rose! I will have to rewatch them again. Thank you for the tip and for playing Pogo.

  • HAVE WE SEEN THE LAST OF UNDISCOVERED WORLD EPISODES?

  • pogo I sure would like to see shuffle bump put on flash. it was my favorite game to play. thank you.

  • Why oh why can’t i play pinochle? That is my favorite game and the main reason why I stick with pogo. Have played it for years and now it won’t let me. Please, please give me some help. Thank you

    • Oh no! Sorry to hear this. Please go here and submit a support ticket so our customer support team can help you out. Thank you!

    • same for me. Its java and my pc doesn’t accept java! Darn or a lot of other great games connected with java. is there some way we can bypass java and play those games?

      • Hi winnerestherk,
        Unfortunately it is up the browsers at this point when it comes to Java.

  • Hello Pogo Llama, and Love this Blog Column!! It is interesting and helpful. Would like to see a survey of suggestions for new games for pogo. perhaps pogo members could vote on these suggestions. Also, please, please start a new game for Wheel of Fortune, we just Love this game!! Thank you so much.

  • Sprinkle some balsamic vinegar and olive oil over those potatoes and use the convection setting on you oven if you have one. Be sure they are well salted because potatoes always seem to need more. : )

  • I would like to see more games full page like Monopoly and Yatzhee (sp) With my limited vision they are hard to see. Also, I just started to play Poppit Bingo. I can’t find any instructions on how to play and what are the golden balls? So sorry for my typing errors. thank you so much.

    • Hi there nonyajean7286. Thank you for your suggestion on full screens for those games, I will pass that along. We have written up a few articles on Poppit! Bingo that you can read on our News page. Here’s one about Cactus Cash, XP and Tickets. Here’s a little info about prize balloons. Here’s one about the rooms.

      If you have more questions about Poppit! Bingo, you can ask here or ask other players in the forums.

      Re: Golden Balloons: When a player uses that Power-Up, it joins three random balloons together. If and when you pop one, all three will pop.

      Thanks for playing Pogo and let me know if you have any further questions.

  • I like playing Poppit Bingo, but I don’t hear the music except twice since I started playing the game. When I hear the woman’s voice calling only 3 numbers then it is silent. I am one who enjoys hearing the music and the calling voice. I was wondering if the Pogo team could put an option for the music and voice for players to choose when playing the game. Is Pogo solving this issue? Also it would be nice to have UNO as a new game in Pogo, if UNO is a pick I would like to suggest if there can be a limit of players, like the way it is set up in Canasta.

    • Hi dolphingirl20064, Could you please tell me which browser and operating system you’re using when you experience this issue in Poppit! Bingo? Thank you for your suggestion on UNO, as well.

    • I would also like to hear both Caller and Music. Both stop after 3 numbers called, like stated above. Love the game! I have Windows 7. Thx much!

  • In regard to Poppit! Bingo: 1. Where do the numbers that show up in the “results” window at the end of the come from? They can’t be the room total; they aren’t some total of something that I can figure out, so, where do these numbers come from?

    2. (2.A: I DO totally support being able to control the music/voice caller separately) At the end of the game, when the new figures for your account comes up, there are two brief drop downs. The first one is (I think) the amount of XP needed to fill the star and rank up, and the second is the number of tokens won. PLEASE keep them on the screen longer…two seconds or less is NOT enough time to see them and comprehend what they are saying. (That’s why I only think it is an XP related number in the first of these drop down flags…I can’t see it long enough to be sure).

    3. are the list of rooms that are shown in the badges totals (under challenges tab) the same as the rooms we can play in on the opening page?? In other words, I am shown on the list as having “opened” (or completed) rooms 1 – 5; but for play purposes, I can play in room 6. Is this what it is supposed to be??

  • Quite a while ago Pogo offered a download for one of the Big City Adventures for us to buy. I would love to own all of them so I can play when I’m not on line. Will they ever be available? Love your blog and I’m now hungry for roasted potatoes…not good, as it’s 3 a.m.

  • Hello Pogo_Llama! Hope you are finished with your challenges for the week gl2u. I know you’ve heard so many complaints about the team tourneys- so I won’t nag, just wanted to put in too much of a good thing is bad for morale. Just sayin’- Hope to see new games for tourneys soon!

    • Hi there! I finished the Yahtzee Party! Badge yesterday. Workin on the poker one today. Thanks!

  • I enjoy the blog posts! Thank you Pogo!!

  • Early this week pogo had a special promotion since I was a good player it cost 16 gems. What is it ? How do I get to it ?

    • Hi Romano, it sounds like you bought a mix-n-match badge and you can find it in yourmix-n-match album. I hope this helps. :)

  • Thank You once again for a great insider post! I don’t have any questions but wanted to tell you that the insider is a great addition to Pogoland as I call it! You still are my one and only Gaming Community by choice I don’t even look for other gaming sites! God Bless and thanks again to all of you who work so hard to make our gaming and friendshipping site so great! I was wondering one thing cold you bring back a Mini of Nestor…and one of a large Dog too! I have seen others using them both…and I have the Mini that is a Rabbit and A Cat…but I guess I haven’t been here long enough to have one of Nestor or A Dog…oh and by the way the Pet of the month with the Tigers on it Is Beautiful…very beautiful artwork! Thank you all again…safirerlover

    • Thank you for the suggestions on the Minis. I will make sure Pogo_Rachael sees this. Thank you for playing!

  • I have a suggestion maybe we can win a spike doll in a game sometime I would love to have one, if I can buy one I would he’s cute what’s your thought on this thanks and keep up the good work

  • As a grandmother of twin boys, would love to see some in minis. Also, have been collecting squirrels (wood, crystal, ceramic, et al) since childhood. Would like to use just a squirrel pic for rooms, but not one badge has a lone squirrel. Any chance? Continued love of your blog!

  • This email is being passed around and I just wanted to know if its a fake email. I wouldnt want to pass on false information to my dear friends. Thanks for your reply..

    Hey my dear Friends, Pogo are giving 20 free gems away at the moment and all you have to do
    Pass this on to your Friends on your list too :0)

    IT works!!!
    Have Fun, Take Care


    okay … lets see if it works …. my

    it works for real depends on how many u send it too

    Hey my dear Friends, Pogo are giving 20 free gems away at the moment and all you have to do
    Pass this on to your Friends on your list too :0)

    IT works!!!
    Have Fun, Take Care

  • What a great Insider blog this is becoming, congratulations, Pogo_Llama! I love getting to know you, and hearing about how you play games. You sound a lot like one of us. I see your responding to our suggestions and questions so quickly. This takes a lot of time and effort on your part, and is much appreciated!

  • Dear Lama, Love you newsletter! Lots of information and help and FOOD! Could you ask the powers that be if they could make a greyhound for my mini? We adopted one and my mini want one too! Thanks and hugs

    • I will pass the suggestion of a greyhound Mini along. Congrats on adopting one, they sure are lovely!